Based on information collected through the 2007/08 Active NZ Survey, this report provides an overview of physical activity behaviours among adults (aged 16 years and over) living in the Wanganui region, in particular, their level of involvement with sport and recreation as participants and volunteers and their overall level of physical activity. The findings for the Wanganui region are also compared with the national profile for sport, recreation and physical activity in this report.
Compared with New Zealand adults, a similar percentage of adults in the Wanganui region:
- participated in at least one sport or recreation activity per week (New Zealand: 79%; Wanganui: 75%) and per year (New Zealand: 96%; Wanganui: 95%);
- participated in at least one organised competition or event per year (New Zealand: 37%; Wanganui: 32%);
- were volunteers for a sport or recreation activity (New Zealand: 25%; Wanganui: 30%); and
- achieved the national physical activity guideline by undertaking 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five days out of seven (New Zealand: 48%; Wanganui: 43%).
Adults in the Wanganui region were significantly less likely than New Zealand adults to:
- have been members of clubs or centres in order to take part in sport and recreation activities (New Zealand: 35%; Wanganui: 25%); and
- have received instruction from a coach, instructor, teacher or trainer to help improve their performance (New Zealand: 40%; Wanganui: 28%).
In the Wanganui region:
- walking, gardening and swimming were, in that order, the three most popular sport and recreation activities;
- tramping and hunting were on the 10 most popular activities list for men in the Wanganui region, but not on the list for New Zealand men;
- exercise (other) and fishing were on the 10 most popular activities list for women in the Wanganui region, but not on the list for New Zealand women; and
- men were significantly more likely than women in the Wanganui region to have achieved the national physical activity guideline (Men: 57%; Women: 32%).